Lau Name Meaning

German: nickname for a physically strong person, from Middle High German louwe, lauwe ‘lion’. In some cases the surname may have been originally from a house sign. North German: topographic name for someone living in a bush-covered area or clearing, Middle Low German lo, loch, lage. North German and Dutch: from a vernacular short form of the personal name Laurentius (see Lawrence). Dutch: nickname from Middle Dutch laeu ‘lazy’, ‘indifferent’, ‘faint-hearted’. Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 1. Chinese : Cantonese form of Liu 3. Chinese : variant of Lao 2.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bau, Kau, Mau, Lao, Lam, Leu, Hau, Rau, Dau, Liu

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Lau Family Origin

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Lau Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    38%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Carpenter

    3%
  • Keeping House

    3%

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lau. A less common occupation for the Lau family was Keeping House. The most common Lau occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Lau's were Farmers.

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United States

Between 1942 and 2004, Lau life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Lau in 1942 was 38, and 78 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Lau

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